Do teacher education programs produce better teachers? Congress has authorized a major study of teacher education, probably by the National Research Council. Education Week reports some resistance.
Some wonder if the data will be used for political purposes.
For example, Congress has asked teacher-preparation programs to tie their work to “scientific evidence,” an increasingly politicized term, said Karen Zumwaldt, a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. “That’s a hornet’s nest,” she said. “What is ‘scientific evidence’ and how is it applied? Should that be the sole basis for educational decisions?”